|Proposal title:||Online Music & Movie Library for MIT|
|Proposal type:||Student proposal|
This proposal would showcase the "good" and legal efficiencies technology and the Internet can bring to music and movie distribution while still respecting applicable law. It would demonstrate that technology can benefit educational communities like MIT (with regard to distribution of music and movies) even without making their members into criminals. It would be good PR for MIT, the music and motion picture industries, and possibly for Microsoft, to show their relevant contributions able to function together amiably.
Essentially, the proposal is for the MIT Libraries to put their library of audio recordings and motion pictures online, accessable only to the educational MIT community eligable for access to the physical MIT libraries. Patrons would be restricted such that only one copy of an audio recording or movie would be playing at a time, identical to if the items were actually being checked out of a physical library. Anti-infringement software, possibly from Microsoft, would be deployed as necessary.
And finally, although this case of a library making its physical collection available online to an identical set of patrons in an education community is easily distinguishable from the My.MP3.com case (UMG Recordings, Inc. v. MP3.com, Inc., 92 F. Supp. 2d 349 (2000)), in view of the still-unresolved legal questions that would be raised by this proposal, its implementation would be vetted by copyright scholars as well as MIT counsel, and discussed (licensed if necessary) with the music and motion picture industries. It could even be a full-scale collaboration with those industries to showcase the (rare) positive consequences of combining educational institutions, libraries, the efficiencies brought by technology and the Internet, and the media industries.
MIT and possibly Microsoft counsel clearly would need to be consulted on this project. I don't know the expenses, if any, of dealing with these organizations.
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